The Blue Velvets

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The Blue Velvets
Also known asTommy Fogerty and The Blue Velvets
OriginEl Cerrito, California
GenresRoots rock, country rock, blues rock, swamp rock, rock and roll
Years active1959–1964
LabelsOrchestra, Fantasy
Associated actsThe Golliwogs, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Creedence Clearwater Revisited
Websitewww.creedence-online.net
Past membersJohn Fogerty
Tom Fogerty
Stu Cook
Doug Clifford

The Blue Velvets (a.k.a. Tommy Fogerty & The Blue Velvets) was the first incarnation of the band that would later become known as The Golliwogs and, eventually, Creedence Clearwater Revival.

History[edit]

The band started out, in 1959, as an instrumental trio. The original line up was John Fogerty (guitar), Stu Cook (piano), and Doug Clifford (drums). In 1960, John's older brother Tom, who had been in local bands since 1958, began singing with the group.

The Blue Velvets released three singles in the San Francisco Bay area, during 1961 and 1962, on Oakland's Orchestra Records. These recordings received only minimal sales although the second Blue Velvets single was added to Oakland's KEWB top 40 playlist by famed disc jockey Casey Kasem, who was employed at the station.

Following the Orchestra singles, Tom began playing rhythm guitar in addition to remaining the lead vocalist and front man while John continued as the lead guitarist. Meanwhile, Stu Cook switched from piano to bass guitar.

In the middle of 1964, the band recorded two songs for Fantasy Records, a local label based in San Francisco. The band was attracted to Fantasy because, in 1963, it had released a national hit by Vince Guaraldi, "Cast Your Fate To The Wind". Max Weiss, one of Fantasy's co-owners initially changed the group's name to The Visions, but when their songs were released as a single, in November 1964, Weiss renamed them The Golliwogs, an apparent reference to a once-popular minstrel doll called a Golliwogg.

Recordings[edit]

Singles [1]
Title Writer(s) Catalog # Recorded Location Released Vocals Producer
"Come on Baby" Tom Fogerty OA-6177 Fall 1961 Orchestra Studios, Oakland, California October 1961 Tom Fogerty
"Oh My Love" Tom Fogerty OA-6177 Fall 1961 Orchestra Studios, Oakland, California October 1961 Tom Fogerty
"Have You Ever Been Lonely" John Fogerty Oa-611010 Late 1961 Orchestra Studios, Oakland, California Early 1962 Tom Fogerty
"Bonita" John and Tom Fogerty OA-611010 Late 1961 Orchestra Studios, Oakland, California Early 1962 Tom Fogerty
"Yes You Did" Tom Fogerty OA-6252 201 1962 Orchestra Studios, Oakland, California June 1962 Tom Fogerty
"Now You're Not Mine" John Fogerty OA-6252 201 1962 Orchestra Studios, Oakland, California June 1962 Tom Fogerty

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